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Rhode Island man facing solicitation of a child charges

March 12, 2020 GMT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man has been arrested on multiple charges related to the sexual exploitation of a child, state police said.

Rodney Ootton, 53, of Pawtucket, was arrested Wednesday on three counts of indecent solicitation of a child, Rhode Island State Police said in a statement.

Ootton was taken into custody after responding to a prearranged location to meet what he thought was a 14-year-old girl for sexual acts.

He was released on $20,000 bail with conditions including no contact with children and restricted use of the internet. He did not enter a plea and no defense attorney was listed in court records.

Ootton was previously charged with statutory rape in Memphis, Tennessee and found guilty in December 1998. He received a one-year suspended sentence.

He faces up to five years in prison of convicted of the new charge.